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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 7, 2013 5:50 PM CST
I hear ya on that color thing Sharon Lovey dubby

Your crocus and paintings are just beautiful Hurray! Thumbs up

I do have Veronica blooming so that is nice blue color.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Mar 7, 2013 6:30 PM CST

Love the vivid natural color as well as the ones you created. 62 today, snow moves in tomorrow with 12-14 inches by Sunday, then next Tuesday back to 60s. Just gotta love springtime in the Rockies. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I especially love the magnolia.

Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Mar 7, 2013 6:32 PM CST
See, Vic, that's the thing; not even my variegated vinca is blooming yet and it always blooms in February. I miss that little bluish bloom.

Thanks about the paintings.
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Sharon
Mar 7, 2013 6:34 PM CST
Thanks Marilyn, I can't complain about snow because we've had none, just a bare dusting once or twice.

The magnolia is the only realistic painting, the others are slightly abstract. Maybe that's why you like it better.
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 7, 2013 6:38 PM CST
oops - forgot to tell you, the vinca is blooming here.
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Sharon
Mar 7, 2013 6:42 PM CST
Pfffffftttttttt.

Happy for you, though.
Do your roses remain green though the winter, Vic? Mine do. Craziest thing. Except the climbers and only one of them stays green, the Peggy Martin. But this has only been happening the past 3 or 4 years, prior to that they lost their leaves.
It's a little weird.
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CDsSister
Mar 7, 2013 6:43 PM CST

I just think it is the subject matter... I am from the south ya'll know Hilarious! Hilarious!

The others are really lovely as well.

Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 8, 2013 3:45 AM CST
No, roses don't remain green. That is weird Sharon. and mine lose their leaves too. They are greening up now though.

Maybe yours keep their leaves for a coat cause they are cold Green Grin! Thumbs up
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Sharon
Mar 8, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Nothing is normal here at my house, weird roses.
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Samigal
Mar 9, 2013 12:12 PM CST
Nothing normal all over I guess. My sweet peas decided to take a rest from me this year, only a couple plants came up. Sad I'm seriously thinking more fragant ones next planting. I'm fortunate to have roses bloom all year round, just wish they would last longer.
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Sharon
Mar 9, 2013 1:49 PM CST
The weather will always bring us surprises, I guess; I've lost some reseeders along the way - mostly because of drought, I think. But I usually try to find something to replace the lost ones with, so it's all everchanging.
New surprises to look forward to!
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aspenhill
Mar 11, 2013 10:45 PM CST
Sharon, I am glad to hear that you are working on the book, and that the new pattern of your days is fallling into place. I've always thought that it was a great idea to put those stories into book format.
I love the paintings too. You have so much talent.

Signs of spring are slowly but surely coming to my woodlands in Northern VA. The first to bloom are the snowdrops. I didn't plant them, they just appeared. A friend died here many years ago in a dirt bike accident. He often talked to me while I was out working in the gardens, and mentioned that his favorite flowers were snowdrops. Several years after he died, they showed up in the area of the garden that he was helping with just a few hours before the accident happened. I have not discovered any others anywhere on all this acreage. I don't question it. To me, these snowdrops are an unexplainable sign from a greater power and a reminder that the cycle and beauty of life goes on, even as another life is lost. The sight of snowdrops always lifts my spirits.

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Mar 11, 2013 11:31 PM CST
How beautiful, Terri, and what a wonderful surprise memorial tribute to your biking friend. Touched my heart!

Yes about the book!! Slow going, but I kept remembering those of you who have had such kind and encouraging words over the years so I decided it was time. Some days I spend hours on it and other days I just sit here and think about it, but it is progressing, though slowly.

Happy almost Spring! I hope it is beautiful for you.
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 12, 2013 3:27 AM CST
Terri - what a beautiful story. Touched my heart too Crying Lovey dubby

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